3 Stocks Boosting The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 18 points (0.1%) at 16,551 as of Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,684 issues advancing vs. 1,250 declining with 198 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Hercules Technology Growth Capital ( HTGC), up 6.0%, Washington REIT ( WRE), up 2.7%, Corrections Corporation of America ( CXW), up 2.6%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 1.3% and Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include St. Joe Corporation ( JOE), down 1.6%, Icahn ( IEP), down 1.3%, CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), down 1.3%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 0.9% and Duke Realty ( DRE), down 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. CBRE Group ( CBG) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CBRE Group is up $0.16 (0.6%) to $27.81 on light volume. Thus far, 492,287 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.57-$27.85 after having opened the day at $27.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.65.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company worldwide. The company operates through Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services segments. CBRE Group has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation ( O) is up $0.43 (1.1%) to $40.96 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.40-$41.00 after having opened the day at $40.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.53.

Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Realty Income Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $0.39 (0.7%) to $58.95 on light volume. Thus far, 746,359 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.20-$58.96 after having opened the day at $58.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.56.

Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $20.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).

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